Paspalum conjugatum is considered of low nutritive value in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region (Stür et al., 1990). Its usefulness is limited by its low protein content (6-15% DM) and unpalatability for cattle, though both aspects might be improved by light applications of nitrogen fertilizer (Beetle, 1974). It should be grazed young as palatability declines rapidly after flowering (Chavancy, 1951). Palatability is higher for buffaloes than for cattle (FAO, 2010). As Paspalum conjugatum is tolerant to defoliation it withstands heavy grazing and frequent cuttings. This management regime prevents seed head maturity, the subsequent lowering of nutritive value and promotes faster regrowth of higher quality and palatability (FAO, 2010). When mature the crude fibre content reaches 28% DM in leaves and 40% DM in stems. Organic matter digestibility for a 25 cm high, fresh forage was 65% (Loosli et al., 1954).
In spite of its low palatability, Paspalum conjugatum grazed by dual-purpose cows in a herbaceous and woody pasture was one of the most preferred grasses, together with Guinea grass (Megathyrsus maximum), jaragua (Hyparrhenia rufa), toco grass (Ischaemum ciliare) and Paspalum virgatum (Pineda et al., 2009).
Paspalum conjugatum grown under coconut trees in Vanuatu was found to establish easily, to be resistant to grazing and weed invasion, and to maintain its nutritive value throughout growth. Grazed Guinea grass/buffalo grass pastures led to higher coconut yields and were considered to be very suitable for goats (Coulon et al., 1983).